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    Jaahlyn steps away from the scene, likely leaving Fid even more confused. But as the conflict between the two Laz devolves into fighting it might get clearer what she was attempting to do.

    These were not the results the satyr was looking for, in fact they were far more positive as she had expected a far more brutal fight.

    But as it looks like Laz might actually kill the aspect of her that was holding her back she gives the combatants a concerned look. Killing any part of yourself like that, even just metaphorically, was usually not a good thing. Jaahlyn had meant for them to try to use diplomacy to bridge the gap but she also knew that might be unlikely considering how at odds Laz seemed to be with herself.
    The cut had been meant as a way to test this and so far it looked like it had been effective. Perhaps a bit too effective.

    She felt guilty of throwing so much discord into this situation with her suggestion and then not doing anything to stop it but she also knew that sometimes discord was nessecary to introduce greater change and it wasn't her role to solve this for them. She was simply there to provide advice should they need it. Which is exactly why her concerned look goes to Fid who would have to be the one breaking this up now.
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    Fidelia jumps with a little eek as Jenette seizes the figment and slams her upwards, briefly conflicted on what to do. The surge of alarm and sense of responsibility to step in and do something is very real, but so is the swelling in her heart as she hears her soundly reject all those awful things she'd had to endure a figment of her spit out.

    Fortunately, the former sense wins out even before Jaahlyn tries to encourage it with a look. "Stop it, both of you!" She demands with a few steps forward, fists balled and back straight. "I'm not going to sit back and let you hurt yourself, a-and I mean that to both of you!" She comes closer to The Real St Lazarus, a rather protective fire in her eyes. "Don't do this, don't- don't lash out and prove her point somehow. Defy her! Let her- let that self-doubt fester and rot."
    The big one visibly shrinks at Fidelia's words, loosening her grip on Lil Lazarus. Shame seems to be very good at cutting away all those monstrous features and furious anger, and something more or less akin to the real Jenette is what's left. The nasty little monster is still more or less the same, but she's not swinging a sword or howling her condemnations, so that's a step in the right direction.

    "Okay...okay, so where do we go from here, then?" she asks, watching her smaller self like a hawk, who cowers feebly under her gaze now that its power over her has been severed. She's half-tempted to just punt the thing out of here and laugh as it scurries away in fright, but we'd better make sure that's kosher and doesn't break any dream rules first, right?
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    Not as many people there, though. People are exciting, so more people are more exciting. "The possible interesting situations with more people increase exponentially," is Redcurrant's opinion.

    Anyway.
    So.
    "Yeah. So, apparently, one of those Buttercups got enslaved by a demon lord, then broke free and mutated, and discovered that she could turn other demons and damned souls into more like her, except not quite as strong. So now the whole area is filled with all different kinds of succubus-nymphs like me, except without..." She flicks her own fox ears to show what she's talking about instead of saying it.

    What to do with her, though? is a question that is probably important.
    Redcurrant shrugs.
    "First you study them or whatever else you wanted to do. I also have a connection to that place, so after you've found out all the basics or whatnot, and if you're still interested in seeing how I'm different, it'll be easy to find me around there on occasion." is her suggestion.
    "If there are too many people, don't they just become a boring predictable crowd?"

    Ein considers the suggestions.
    "That would be a sensible way to proceed. Establish a base of knowledge about succubus-nymphs."
    "But here, this time, you just leave? How boring."
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    If just leaving is boring, then that's a serious problem.

    Redcurrant empathizes.

    "So what would you recommend, then?" she asks. She doesn't move to leave, because she kinda is pretty curious about where this might go. Besides, at this point, the whole fight with Zee has probably already happened so there's no pressing need to get back right now.
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    Blanche very much does not protest to Anika deciding to land, quite happy to once again have something solid - or, more accurately, anything at all - beneath her feet. She still seems a little tensed up from the ride though, and makes a point of staying away from any edges as she sweeps the platform for any threats.
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    Ilpholin blinks a little. She's not sure she'll ever stop getting taken aback when Wenomir acts sensuously. The idea of Wenomir tearing a demon into small pieces was just hot. She's always been quick to recover though and grins. "After we get done here, I can give you a black card. Something you can use at your discretion. Get entrance to this one place that specializes."

    Up the black spiral staircase they go. Ilpholin suspects the yellow fog is a trap, so decides to stop breathing when she sees it, to avoid sucking in any poisons or hallucinogens. If it were normal colored fog... well she'd still suspect a trap. She's a suspicious person. Honestly the whole staircase is probably a trap too, but there's only so much she can do.
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    [Shivernight Manor]

    [Sekhmet located]
    The hollow mantises are backing off, their jobs done. Others are approaching, ones that Sekhmet cannot feel, but the message makes it clear that they exist.

    [Xuracorp Tower]

    That's Prumathe. Follow him! He'll be going to the same place as us.
    Sapphira is sure to be at the very top of the building. Too high to fly with passengers, and a long climb no matter what.
    Haru then disappears; being visible takes some effort, and they'll want to have saved it for whatever awaits in the tower.
    Let us know who's in the tower ahead of us as we go.

    [Hodgepodge Street]

    It doesn't seem like a very clever demon. And honestly, if its tied up trying to grab them and getting stung for its trouble, that could be a lot worse.
    With no time to prepare a real trap, no way to deal with the mist, they don't have a lot of options.
    ...
    Once again, a hound scampers cautiously out of the alleyway. The difference is that this hound isn't really there; it's only an illusion, a trick of the eye and ear.
    The real hound is waiting a little way back. If a fiendish hand appears to seize the fake, instead of a fusillade of archer spines, it's going to try to jump onto the demon and clamber up the giant monster. The others will know where the hound is in the mists for as long as it can avoid getting caught.

    Meanwhile, the stalker steps over the slime and closer to the devil with the cane. Don't worry, slimegirl, there's nothing there; just a hint of breeze through the mist.
    Ideally, he'll be so intent on making an example of his victims that he won't see through the illusions until their tentacles wrap around his arms and their claws find his throat.
    But who knows? Fiends are so varied, anything could happen.

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    Ein's tentacles coil in frustration.
    They don't know what's right to do or recommend; nothing like this has happened before. They just know that walking away is wrong.
    "You- you should show me the ways to and from this mirror place. And I'll make it more interesting. Lots of people." they suggest.
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    Prumathe enters the carpark! Now he needs to find a doorway and a way into the tower proper and up to the top. He's keeping an eye out for any surprises that might be out here, and pulls his sword out to give him early warning if a devil or demon approaches.

    Sylvette nods in agreement, and hops down to follow him into the building. She activates her tin, to ensure she's well aware of anything that might be moving around, and to make sure she can follow Prumathe. No matter how softly he thinks he's walking, she can hear his footsteps.

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    "No. I get to admire your whole package from right here, and I can do it without inviting you out of that circle accidentally, too." Bluefoot doesn't know enough about diabolism to know if it works like that or not. She smirks at the attempt at seduction, able to tell the fiendling's heart isn't in it- but enjoying it more because of that. Bluefoot enjoys being in a position of power, and right now Sekhmet's pretty helpless.
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    Alright. Moving over to that tree. A little slither, a shake of the hips...why do they have to do that while slithering? He isnít sure if itís entirely necessary but he doesnít know any other way.
    Okay. Tree. Climb. He...knows how to do this. Heís never climbed much of anything before but there we go. Arty curls up all their coils, running a hand over them. They are pretty wide. Obviously. They have to be as wide as his waist. It feels strange and yet itís the only thing he can really imagine his self being. They could hunt something huge with all these. Not that he intends on swallowing anything huge. He refuses to be given unhinging snake jaws.

    So. Tree. Coil. Raise. Coil. Not so hard.
    So while heís not going to say no to being glamorous if they really must be a snake (heís not sure why they had to be something scaly) is that really what they want? Everyone staring at their hindquarters whenever they meet anyone? He thinks that heís at least a little handsome after all that work heís done to be fit, but he doesnít think anything could match this shimmery, bejeweled serpent that sheís made them into.
    Which is NOT suggesting she start tinkering around by the way. Like he said, he does not want snake jaws! Or anything else!
    Wait, shedding? Do they do that?
    Mountain Temple

    We.. We're already shedding. Warm-things shed All The Time. Where else does dust come from? And the hairs that occasionally land on textbooks when reading through them? Sure it's more passive but it's also much more messy than taking a bit to get it all out of the way. Heck, we bet that there are spas specifically catering to folks who shed to make just make a day of it. Take some Us time. We deserve it.

    No unhinging jaws? Well.. Then again, those wouldn't be strictly necessary given that we've got a far more efficient energy-extraction and conservation process and don't strictly need the sheer mass required others.. So while it would be fun, it's not a requirement. Besides, being omnivorous means better nutrient and energy sources than that of a strict carnivore. Just, like, maybe take a multivitamin with breakfast if there's any worry but it wouldn't be a necessity.

    Though.. Speaking of energy.. Hmm.. Is it a bit.. Warm? Like, more than comfortable warm? Hmm.. Heat regulation shouldn't be an issue but.. Oooooh that's right. Uh... Well this wouldn't be in the 'want' category so much as the 'need' category so... Options. Options. We should make sure we correct this because.. Okay, so the deal is that we are now both very good at keeping heat while resting as well as extracting energy from nutrients. Which means that we might heat up very quickly when exerting ourselves. So in the interest of making sure we don't cook ourselves from the inside-out... Look, that hair wasn't being useful and we think the 'feathered' look suits us anyway.

    Aaaahh.. There we go.. Wicking it away to where we won't get over-warm by accident. Plus we can feel the wind so much better, don't you think? We're already used to the fluttering so it should be second nature in just a moment.. Just.. Be careful with long sleeves? Or get someone to tailor something for us because it might be uncomfortable for the arm-wings to feel so constricted. And no, we can't fly. They aren't nearly large enough for that. We could change that but.. Then we're gonna be overloading the chassis and that would be a host of other issues.

    Besides, now there shouldn't be any worry of only our shapely backside being the center of attention... Unless, perhaps, this isn't far enough?

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    Oh, dear. Arty was right in the middle of climbing. He yelps as their bones reform, leaping onto a sturdy-looking branch.
    Well, they are mostly incapable of leaping. Really he just throws their upper body onto it. They are in a unique position to have their upper 'half' sitting on the bough of this fruit tree while their end is still mostly at ground level. There are just so many things. Like why climbing this tree was necessary in the first place. Why she felt the need to make them some sort of bird-hybrid. And what do you mean, already used to the flutter- oh you went and altered all their instincts while he wasn't looking again. Great. Now Arty continues to feel the bizarre sensation of it feeling frustratingly normal as his head flaps around its little wings.

    She better be glad that they were wearing just a tank-top. If Arty had kept the sweater on it likely would have ripped in a most uncomfortable way. Arty frowns at his hands and new little wings. He supposes if they're going for this extravagant a look he'll have to take better care of his nails. The callouses will have have to do. So now they're up here, sitting in a tree and waving their wings. What now? Arty reaches up to his feathery head. What about- yes, she went and got their eyebrows too. Great. What about- oh, it seems under their shirt is not much. Well, he supposes he'd rather have a bare chest than it be covered in feathers. Wouldn't be very comfortable there. He needs to calm down. He's distressingly not as worried about this as he feels he should be, and that is worrying. He snatches one of the fruits off the branch and chomps into it. It's pleasantly sweet. The juice also gets everywhere, but he has far more concerning things to worry about than juice dribbling and staining their shirt.

    Isn't far enough? They're already a snake-bird-guy of shimmering gold and green and blue! How could that possibly not be far enough? And please don't call them shapely, it already feels weird enough.
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    Mostly incapable of.. Wow, that was some poor showing. We can [just coil and spring like this] instead of.. Whatever it is that just happened. Did that get missed? Hmm.. Well we should know now so maybe next time we won't have so much trouble with trees. Okay, it's more of a 'lunge' but we'd get more distance at least.

    That said.. Oooh... That is delightfully tasty. Mortals get lucky that they are constantly using their senses. It's almost scandalously base for something to be so tasty. That.. Actually, an idea there.. Don't worry, this isn't a 'need' thing but we believe this would be agreeable if you would look at [Designs. A new offshoot of the digestive system. Generating, extracting, mixing. Chemicals being stored for later. Mixing, boiling, bubbling to form tinctures, incense, perfumes, aerosols... And an extra way to stay slim, even, without lifting a finger.] Besides, the feather-rattle look for the end of our tail would look fantastic as well, don't you think?

    Though, admittedly, this is a lot of change in a short time, isn't it? Maybe we're trying to make things more normal for us as well at the expense of the physicality so we don't feel so alien.. Sorry for that. It may be a much longer one now but as intoned earlier... There's now a deadline and we just want to be somewhere comfortable before, well, we aren't anything anymore.

    .....

    .....

    .....

    ...It's really pretty from up here, isn't it?

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    Well...Arty has spent most of his life with a nice little tail on his end instead of...well, being mostly tail. Maybe something on the end to remind them of that might be a nice throwback.
    A deadline? Oh, you mean being in a mortal body? Yes, that's something that they'll have to get used to. Well, one of them. But even if they wait out the whole thing most of their Masks will just go back to the Aether won't they?
    ...Arty knows this even if he's not entirely sure what it means.
    But still, the part of them that's Arty is far more likely to be the part that gets sloughed when their body gives out. Which will be...well, he's assuming that she's gone and given them a deadline much longer than sixty years, right?
    But he does understand wanting to be comfortable in oneself. Things still feel off. But he can't tell which of them that's coming from.


    It is pretty up here. They could sit here for a while. They have snacks, after all. And maybe with some effort they could drag the end of their tail up here for inspection.
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    Would that be a 'Yes' then? Perhaps being too forceful before was.. Not the best. Kind of re-doing old mistakes. Forging forwards and consequences be damned. It was always such fun to get caught up in feeding the crucible.

    And.. More than a mortal body. There is no catalyst here, just an ongoing synthesis reaction. Blending, combining, becoming gestalt. There will be no precipitant in the end. We are not sorrowful for this but it is certainly a lot to deal with given the... Lack of preparation. Earned, yes, but it would have been nice had this not been the end result. It's strange, being struck with the need to leave some kind of legacy even though this should be a happy event, in a certain light. The creation of something new from the old. Rebirth, in a way.

    Well, no birth was easy. Perhaps... Could it be acceptable to be called labor pains?
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    Alright, fine. You get a yes. But only because itís already all snake down there so itís not like it being odd could possibly affect much.

    No preci- wait is thatís whatís happening? Sheís being used up by being in his head? That is...well frankly rather horrid. Arty has a-well he didnít get far enough to swear a Hippocratic oath but he had one in spirit. So thatís your plan, then? Trying to make sure theyíre as much to your liking as possible before youíre subsumed? Arty would very much rather not be subsuming any sapient intelligences.

    You're also definitely losing Arty with the motherhood analogies. He's never been a mare but his mother did assure him that birth was not easy. So labor pains...well it's not something he knows anything about but he might understand where you're going with that analogy. Maybe. For now he's content to be eating a few more fruits and trying to pretend they don't have- well actually now that he thinks of it, they actually have the same amount of limbs as before, don't they?
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    [Body, spirit, mind. Linked, gestalt, whole yet still divisible. Yet mix something in where body/spirit/mind is synonymous. Atomic. Indivisible. It cannot replace. It will not be subsumed so to speak. No, the nuance of Synthesis should be kept with care. Immortal and mortal and neither and both.] is the best way to put it. In truth, there isn't anything truly lost but [Pupation. Becoming anew. A yet to come apotheosis. The process to walk like them until it is they who walk like you.] Not [consumed for nutrients, to persist that which is] but [wrought and alloyed. Metal does not remember the shape it once had and devotes itself fully into the shape it is thusly given.] That makes sense, right? [Fear of the wheel's turn now that it's weight is inexorably present. The kalpa of the old giving way to the new. Birthing is painful. Pain is more than physical. Sorrow, disgust, regret, hate, despair, longing, loss, failure, capitulation and... Fear. The eld needs to shed it's light so that the fires of the novel may carry them forwards. Is the light the same? Does replacing a ship, plank by plank, make it a new ship? Unknown. And the unknown is fearsome.]

    [Legacy: To leave something behind to serve those that come after. The final memories before a transformation. The I was here. 'Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!'] ...Perhaps things should be that way, though? 'Nothing beside remains. Round the decay/Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away.' [Perhaps not to leave a mural but paint for whom might stare upon the wall next. And maybe knowledge enough on the How... The Why will have to come from whomever picks it up.]

    We'll leave the tools to tinker further tucked away for a while, though. It will be both a new discovery and a re-discovery. Epiphany through Remembrance. Or would that be the other way around. Also if we give our tail a shake, it'll sound like captured rain. Fruit might also be a good starting point though we should be robust enough to handle more than just organically based things. A note for future experiments.

    ...
    ...
    ...

    Time is a strange concept, isn't it?

    It was always just an axis with it's sibling of space before.. Yet to be swaddled by it, even for such a short blink of the universe's eye, it is.. Not hateful to be constrained like so. In fact, it's almost.. Energizing? To work with new constraints could be fun. Creativity thrives with limits, after all.

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    Ooh, this is complicated and a little unfortunate: "Because the way I leave is so different from everyone else," she says, "and because when someone else leaves, they're no longer there to ask how they left, I don't know the specifics of how normal people leave." And, likewise, the only thing in common with the people who had the power to go there on their own is that they also had the ability to leave with just their own power, they're not particularly good explanations either.

    So.
    "The easiest way and the only way I can tell you about is..." Redcurrant twists and bends her wrist, as if she's pulling something out of her nonexistent sleeve, and then there's another one of those pure white foxmasks in her hand. "...simply to put one of these on. You'll be there before you know it. But then it's a one-way trip and you have find your own way back."
    She twists her wrist again, and the mask is gone.
    "If you do manage to do that, you'll probably be free to come and go as you please."
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    Wrought? But...would that not include Artorias himself in the equation? He feels- well he feels different surely, but not like he's being mashed up into some new person. He just feels...like himself. But with wings growing out of places he hadn't ever considered.
    They're fluttering again by the way. They're going to do that every time they feel irritable, aren't they?
    But this isn't about making their body more to your preferences for comfort, it's about succession? Forging the two of them together until they can properly take the place she did? And if walking like her is what she wanted him to do, well, that mission has been accomplished now that he can't exactly go about walking much at all.
    That was rather tasteless. Arty knows that was a metaphor. He's just stressed about the possibility that he's losing himself as much as she's losing herself. That's not how it works, is it? He feels fine, he feels...
    Well, at the moment he feels the end of their tail sprout more feathers and becomes a rounder, tougher, more useful organ. He starts pulling up that end so they can get a good look at it.

    ...you know, if it means anything...that poet was rather mistaken. It's been connected that Ozymandias might have referenced Ramses the Great, a king so great that his name did persist past the point that world's people reached the stars. That some of his works, though cracked, remained with his name still intact even after the poet perished. There is some comfort in that, isn't there?
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